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Govt. clears new civil aviation policy. Step towards cheaper flights


15 Jun, 2016 7:53p.m.

The Cabinet has approved the new civil aviation policy that focuses on taking "flying to the masses" and to make it "affordable, convenient, cheap."

The long-awaited policy will make it simpler for new domestic airline companies to start flying international routes, will make short-span travel cheaper, and lots more.

The final draft of the civil aviation policy was sent to the cabinet on June 3. However, it was first made public in November and has been held up since as the stakeholders of the aviation industry battled it out on key issues they disagreed on. In that, the yester-year 5/20 rule took the podium. The final policy was deferred for months as the ministry decided on the rule that mandated new airlines to fly domestic routes for at least five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft before they can go international. This rule has been tweaked in the new policy.

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